Carrier iPhone 4S sprint 3G radio loop

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Erick-CA, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. Erick-CA macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2014
    Hi, I was wondering if anyone else was having this issue. But around 12 days ago my iphone started to have trouble getting data. It it switches between sprint x1. Extended x1 to sprint 3G or extended 3G and it keeps going on a loop. I was on iOS 7.0.4 before but I updated thinking that was the issue but I have restored twice. I dial ##873283#
    To update the profile but to no avail I didn't have this issue before. I would care less about the date but I can't even send a regular text message or make a call. Anyone else have this issue. What can be done to fix it. Any help would be appreciated.

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  2. titans1127 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 10, 2009
    I'm a tech at a Sprint corporate store and whenever we have a customer in this situation and when the manual programming codes do not work we always suggest a hard reset of the device. This is the only way to get a Sprint iPhone back to the initial activation screen and will get everything back as far as data goes.

    Worst case if that does not solve the issue we order the customer a replacement device at no charge if they have Sprints TEP program.
  3. DcGamer05 macrumors regular


    Mar 27, 2011
    Danbury CT
  4. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    I wouldn't necessarily assume a device issue. It could simply be that the OP's area is undergoing Network Vision upgrades. If a tower is down for upgrades and there are no other close towers the iPhone may be fluctuating between roaming and a weak Sprint cell signal.

    It'd be better to find out if the OP has this issue everywhere or just in one place I think. Yes, NV is mainly about LTE, but 3G is also undergoing upgrades and being connected to the fiber backhaul. And again, if a tower is down for upgrade…

    OP, the code you keep inputting is not a magic bullet. All it is is a PRL update. A PRL update is simply a listing that your phone has that tells it in what priority to connect to towers. Sprint towers have higher priority, those with sharing agreements with Sprint less, and roaming towers (other carriers) even less. So, all you are doing essentially is downloading the same PRL update over and over again. It doesn't really solve anything.

    There is indeed an issue with the kind of thing you are having. But I've heard that it's only iPhone 5 specific. As the tech mentioned, replacement is the only option for those phones because it's a fault in the hardware.

    Lastly, as the tech suggested a restore - if you try that, before you turn your phone back on to run through the activation, let it sit off for a minimum of 30 minutes to allow the programming that Sprint uses to propigate to your device.

    And, I just want to mention TEP. TEP is great, but dealing with Asurion is NOT. Applecare+ all the way. I am a Sprint customer and even though TEP was not available when I got my iPhone 5 I would not have gotten it anyway. I deal with Apple and not Sprint when it comes to service on my device. Apple replaced my iPhone 5 two months in, no questions asked and no dealing with TEP.
  5. Erick-CA thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2014
    We'll that's the thing I have reset all settings many a time. I even updated the iOS again to 7.1.0 and it didn't do the trick I let sit with activation but it goes to extended it can be that the are working on the towers on all cities for it's not just where I live but many other cities. This phone has brought me annoyance. I could replace it but I rather get my worth I'll get a new one make this iPod or hammer fall. Thank you. Problem still persist!

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